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Rock Sculptures

Set out a variety of small rocks, glue, and squares of cardboard. Have the children glue the rocks on the cardboard squares to create rock sculptures. The children can also paint designs on their rocks.

*Science/Math

Rock Collections

Take the children on a rock gathering expedition. Have the children sort their rocks by size, color, markings, etc..

Look Close

Have children wash the rocks they have gathered and examine them with magnifying glasses.

Hard or Soft

Have children scrap their rocks with nails to see if the rocks are hard or soft.

Rock Sorter

Make a rock sorter by cutting four or five holes form large to small in the top of a shoe box. Place a number of different size rocks next to the box. Let the children sort the rocks in the rock sorter by placing each rock in the hole closest to its size.

*Learning Centers

Gravelly Designs
Add pea gravel to the texture table. So that small fingers do not get to sore in the gravel add tongue depressors to the texture table.

Group Time

Indian Counting Game
Need: Five smooth pebbles. Paint a half moon shape on one side of each of four pebbles and a star shape on one side of the remaining pebble.

Place the pebbles in a container (shoe box or a basket). Let one child at a time hold the basket and give it a shake. Then have the child count the number of shapes that turn up.

You can have a points type game by allotting one point for each moon and two points for the star.

*Cooking

Stone Soup

Place a sign up sheet for the parents to send in a food for your class stone soup. List the items needed for the soup the following are some suggestions: potatoes, carrots, onions, garlic, tomatoes, beef bouillon, and celery. You can add whatever you would like!

Read the story "Stone Soup". Fill a pot with 2 quarts water. Add the ingredients and bring to a boil. Then simmer your soup for 1 hour. Serve with bread and juice.

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